“I don’t know what I want to do next,” my daughter was saying in a recent conversation. She was talking to me about the big question that many people struggle with (until late in life). The question is related to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For many, it’s a tough question. And for those struggling with it, it can seem overwhelming, partially because it feels like “we” are the only ones that don’t know. Here’s one quick secret…most people are not sure. It’s okay. We put enormous pressure on kids today to know exactly what they want to be or do. It’s unrealistic. But I digress. With this as the backdrop, I told her that she needed to lighten up. I explained that her age (and probably at your age) there were really only three things she needed to be focusing on. Make a Little Cash: Yes, making some money needs to be a focus. It doesn’t, however, need to be her only focus. This is not a time (for her) to give up the last two to chase this one. As a matter of fact, the only reason this is on the list is for her to the next two. Create Memories: This is a great time to go out and make the most of each day. Do have fun. Do try new things. (It’s the reason I said yes immediately when I was asked about a helicopter ride). There is value in keeping our nose to the grindstone. But we all need to create a life worth remembering. Gain Experiences (and learning): I have saved the best for last. In today’s world, we have the opportunity to try, and do, and learn a ton of new things. At her age, gaining experience and learning is more important than money. So take that internship with a non-profit so you can take on new projects. The experience will bring money down the road. Oh…and done right, this will create memories too. After the conversation was over I realized that this was not only good advice for my daughter. These are three things I need to be doing each day too.
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